Cross 1.8K The Easter Story
as told in the Gospels

The New Testament in the Language of Today
(Click on the citations for the King James Version)

God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him doesn't perish, but has everlasting life. You see, God didn't send His Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through Him. (John 3:16-17)

The Last Supper

The disciples left, and went into the ciy, and found everything as He had told them. And so they got the Passover ready. In the evening He came with the twelve. (Mark 14:16-17)`

While they were eating, Jesus took bread and blessed it. He broke it and gave it to them, and said, "Take it. This is My body." Then He took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them. And they all drank of it. He told them, "This is My blood of the covenant, poured out for all. "Surely, I tell you, I will not drink again of the product of the vine until that day when I drink it in a new way in God's Kingdom." (Mark 14:22-25)

Jesus is Crucified

Jesus and cross Then the governor's soldiers took Jesus into the governor's palace and gathered the whole troop of soldiers around Him. They took off His clothes and put a scarlet cloak on Him. They twisted some thorns into a crown, placed it on His head, and put a stick in His right hand. Then they knelt before Him and mocked Him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" They spit on Him, took the stick, and hit Him on the head.

After mocking Him, they took off the cloak and put His own clothes on Him. Then they took Him away to crucify Him. (Matthew 27:27-31)

As they led Jesus away, they took hold of Simon, a man from Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and they laid the cross on him, to carry it behind Jesus. A large crowd of people followed Him. the women in the crowd were beating their breasts and weeping over Him. (Luke 23:26-27)

When they came to the place called Skull, they crucified Him there with the criminals, one on His right and the other on His left. Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them; they don't know what they are doing." (Luke 23:33-34)

When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took His clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier, and the tunic was left over. The tunic was without a seam, woven in one piece from top to bottom. "Let's not tear it," they said to one another, "but let's throw lots and see who gets it" -- what the Bible said had come true: They divided My clothes among them, and for My garment they threw lots. So that's what the soldiers did. (John 19:23-24)

Jesus Dies and Is Buried

It was about twelve o'clock when darkness came over the whole country, because the sun stopped shining, and the darkness lasted till three in the afternoon. The curtain in the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus called out loud, "Father, into Your hands I entrust My Spirit." After He said this, He died. When the captain saw what had happened, he praised God and said, "This Man certainly was righteous." (Luke 23:44-47)

In the evening there came a rich man from Arimathea by the name of Joseph, who had also become a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. Then Pilate ordered it given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in some clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own unused grave that he had cut in the rock. After rolling a big stone against the door of the grave, he went away. (Matthew 27:57-60)

Mary from Magdala and Mary the mother of Joses watched where He was laid. (Mark 15:47)

Jesus is Risen!

The Risen Christ On Sunday they were going to the grave very early when the sun was up. "Who is going to roll away the stone for us from the door of the grave?" they asked one another; it was very large. But when they looked up, they saw the stone had been rolled back. As they went into the grave, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting at the right. And they were amazed. "Don't be amazed," he told them. "You're looking for Jesus from Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen. He is not here. See the place where He was laid. But go and tell His disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you to Galilee. There you will see Him, as He told you.'" (Mark 16:2-7)

After talking with [the disciples], the Lord was taken up to heaven and sat down at the right of God. They went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed the Word by the wonderful proofs that went with it. (Mark 16:19-20)

Excerpted from The New Testament in the Language of Today by William F. Beck
(©Concordia Publishing House, St Louis Missouri, 1963)

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